The Promotion and Stabilization of Farmer Producer Organizations (PSFPO) project today commenced its operation with the registration of its first farmer producer organisation, Divya-Loka at Banmalipur village under Balipatna Block in Khordha district of Odisha. Celebrating, International Women’s Day, the FPO setup was inaugurated by SK Swain, Director, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) in the presence of representatives from the community of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).
PSFPO works to increase the profitability and sustainability of farmer producer organisations (FPOs) in Odisha, India. This three-year project will work in close collaboration with the Government of Odisha to leverage government resources and expertise to achieve impact. PSFPO will work with farmers and FPOs to develop the FPO ecosystem in the state, improve the implementation of policies and interventions for FPO strengthening, streamline access to markets, and prepare farmers to interact with the private sector.
Tanager will work to improve FPO management, support market linkages between FPOs and the private sector, and improve gender equity. PSFPO will work to address gender inequity in FPOs and market facing companies (MFCs) so that women and female youth benefit from FPO membership and services.
Palladium will work closely with the Government of Odisha as technical support unit to catalyse engagement among key FPO ecosystem stakeholders and support the government to implement its FPO policy. Palladium will also work to synchronise existing digital systems to better serve FPOs in the state and assist government entities to implement digital governance and results measurement in the FPO ecosystem. Since the official launch of the project last month, Palladium has started working with the FPOs and micro food processing enterprises in the state to facilitate linkages with existing government schemes. Palladium has also commenced work with the state government towards bringing convergence in existing agriculture schemes. The Government of Odisha is one of the leading state governments in India to adopt holistic FPO policy and is an important partner in development and success of FPOs. PSFPO is looking forward to collaborate more and working towards more strengthened agriculture ecosystem in Odisha.
“We are very happy to commence work for PSFPO by celebrating the contribution of women in agriculture. Through this project we will not only be able to improve the FPO ecosystem but improve gender equity as well,” Amit Kumar Singh, Country Representative – India, Tanager said.
“For the past 50 years, Palladium has been working to improve agriculture markets worldwide and through our work we understand the challenges women in agriculture face. We are proud to work towards enabling women as decision makers in the agriculture value chain.” – Shivani Manaktala, Director, The Palladium said.
Tanager, an international non-profit that brings people together at the table, on the ground, and across supply chains to co-create economic and social opportunities that change lives. Working closely with its partners, it aligns interests to expand market access and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities that result in reliable supply chains, stable incomes, healthy families, and resilient communities.
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